Child Protection

Goal: All children will be free from abuse or neglect and safe in permanent homes.

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Newark KIDS COUNT 2021 Data Snapshot: College Students and COVID-19

Analyzing the effects of the pandemic on Newark's high school classes of 2019 and 2020. Featuring data on college enrollment and more, as well as two exciting panels composed of Newark students and education officials.

Keeping Children Healthy

Research shows that children who have health insurance coverage are more likely to receive the preventive care they need to avoid medical problems that require costly and painful treatment. For more than two decades, ACNJ has led efforts to provide health coverage to more uninsured children and low-income parents. These efforts have resulted in thousands of children being enrolled in NJ FamilyCare, the state’s free or low-cost health insurance program.

Combating Childhood Hunger

In 2011, Advocates for Children of New Jersey launched the New Jersey Food For Thought Campaign, a statewide coalition committed to combating childhood hunger, now led by Hunger-Free New Jersey. This effective partnership of state agencies, health, wellness and education organizations, municipal government, child advocates, schools and others has resulted in a significant increase in the number of New Jersey children receiving school breakfast. The coalition is now working to combat childhood hunger by ensuring more kids have summer and afterschool meals.

Child Health and Hunger

Ensuring kids grow up with access to nutritious food and adequate health coverage including physical, mental and oral health care

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We are non-partisan and accept no state funding for advocacy, giving us the freedom to speak up for children who have no voice and no vote.

Our only agenda is putting the needs of children first.

The State of New Jersey’s Babies

This state profile provides a snapshot of how infants, toddlers and their families are faring in each of these three policy domains: good health, strong families and positive early learning experiences.

Our Early Childhood Workforce

In 2019, the median wage for child care workers in New Jersey - a majority of whom are women and women of color - was just $12.59. Many early childhood educators earn so little that they qualify for public benefits, including programs they work for because those programs target low-income families.

Child Care

Nearly 6,000 NJ babies in low-income families have access to high-quality early learning settings.

Our goal is that by 2023, that number will surpass 14,000.

Think Babies NJ Advocacy Action Center

We all know there are no do-overs in early childhood.

Join us in bringing attention to what New Jersey's infants and toddlers need to thrive: strong families, healthy starts and positive learning environments.
Together, We Can #ReimagineChildCare

New Jersey has received nearly $1 billion in federal aid for child care. Key decision makers will soon decide how this aid will be spent. Let's make sure the experiences and ours voices of parents and caregivers are heard, so that state leaders invest in a child care system that benefits us all.
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Sign up to receive periodic messages, updates and action alerts, Infants and toddlers don’t have a voice in the public policy process, but you do! By working together, we can leverage our voices to ensure all infants and toddlers have the opportunity to succeed.  
Find Your Elected Officials

Not sure who represents you on the federal, state and local level? Enter your information and find your elected official. Contact these decisionmakers about the policy issues most important to babies and families.
The science is clear.

Our brains grow faster between the ages of 0 and 3 than at any other point in life. Those first few years lay the foundation for the rest of a child’s life, affecting everything from classroom performance, to earning potential, to life expectancy.
The moment is now. 

We all have a role in achieving equity and eliminating disparities that impact outcomes for babies, families and communities. Strong early childhood programs and policies result in a significant return on investment.

Unlocking the Potential of Every Baby to Grow Up Safe, Healthy and Educated

As many as 91,000 New Jersey infants and toddlers live in low-income families. Our goal is that nearly half will have access to high-quality child care, family supports, and/or physical and mental health services by 2023.

Attention New Jersey Parents:

As we look beyond COVID-19, join us in telling state leaders what babies need to thrive. New Jersey is expected to receive nearly $1 billion in federal aid for child care, meaning we have an opportunity to create a child care system that benefits us all. Be part of Strolling Thunder NJ on June 9th and have your voice heard.

Child Protection

Goal: All children will be free from abuse or neglect and safe in permanent homes.


Goal: To ensure all children have access to high-quality preschool

Kids Count: How Are New Jersey's Children Faring?

The latest data on kids, all in one place.


Imagine if every child had the opportunity to reach their full potential.

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Feeding More Hungry Kids

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Child Health & Hunger

All children have access to the health insurance and medical care they need to grow into healthy adults.


KidLaw Resource Center

New Jersey’s foremost information source on
children and the law.

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